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TUF 30 - Pena vs. Nunes


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Call me completely out of the loop, but episode 1 of the new TUF season has gone onto Fight Pass today. I literally had no idea it was coming out so soon, i haven't seen one piece of promotion. 

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Well, regarldess, its airing and considering I really enjoyed the Volkanovski/Ortega season im gonna give it a go, should lead nicely into the Pena/Nunes rematch too...

Women's Flyweight and Men's Heavyweight are the weight categories.

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Episode 1 was standard, not a lot to report. Nice touch having Forrest Griffin being the host though.

The actual fight wasn't great, decent opener and they were spent by the finish, Zac Pauga has a bit about him but is abit undersized. 

I cant fathom why they brought in Bobby Maximus for this season though. I need to know why he's there.

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Yeah Zac Pauga is definitely dropping down to LHW if he gets signed by the UFC afterwards. I think he's fought most of his fights at 205,

I enjoyed the fight, the first round was a good scrap and the whole fight was a lot better than some non ranked heavyweight fights I've seen this year.

Yea Bobby Maximus being in it is weird, I guess they didn't want a load of newbies on the show, they maybe want to pain the picture that TUF is for Vets as well. They must be praying he doesn't win though. There is not much future in a 42 year old winner.

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I just cant figure out why he's there? he was very much a background member of TUF 2, and last won a fight 14 years ago! his last pro fight was in 2007.

He must have some kind of inspirational comeback story to tell.

 

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6 minutes ago, Egg Shen said:

I just cant figure out why he's there? he was very much a background member of TUF 2, and last won a fight 14 years ago! his last pro fight was in 2007.

He must have some kind of inspirational comeback story to tell.

 

Oh right, I had no idea about his last fight being in 2007! I assumed he was pretty accurate. That is truly bizarre. I'm sure the episode that he fights on will go into a bit more detail.

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Thought they got the result wrong in the first Straweight fight, felt Peralta did enough to win round 3. 

Next weeks looked like it'll be decent. This whole Mohammad Usman thing is gonna be interesting.

...and ill say it again, i say it every season. I think the show needs to be longer, I they should have a 40 minute reality show then tag the fight on the end no matter how long it lasts. When a fight goes 3 rounds, it leaves very little time for the actual TV show.

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anyone watching?😄 it's my Tuesday evening routine now to watch with my grub after work, and like last season it's an easy watch.

Amanda Nunes is barely in the show though, it seems to focussed way more on Pena's team/involvement up until now. Last two episode have been decent, the Mohammad Usman story was pretty heavy, i didn't know about his situation, really sad. 

The standard on the show seems poor though, it makes you wonder what fighters actually want to go through the TUF route these days to make it to the UFC. There's a couple of tried and tested ways of getting to the UFC these days, TUF probably seems the least appealing to go through. There's only been one heavyweight fight which was ok, but looking at the other fighters in the house, i'm not expecting much.

Bobby Maximus fights next week, might learn more about why and how he's there!

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I'm still watching. Like you said it's an easy watch but the quality does seem very low. Even compared to DWCS, they seem a bit off the UFC calibre. It's not like the original seasons (1-10) where you could spot potential quite easily.

Usman's story was very heavy and very moving, he is a hell of a lot more likeable than his brother. It was nice to see him get a win over that guy who was talking shit for no apparent reason.

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